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Sojourners Magazine: August 2022

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Why we need to free the "apostle to the apostles" from centuries of myth and distortion.

Features

Collage-like illustration of Mary Magdalene behind a shelf of books

The disciples couldn’t handle that a woman received Christ’s favor. And apparently neither can history.

by
Kyndall Rae Rothaus
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Features

Monstrous mountains of our own making are growing in number in the driest non-polar desert on Earth.

by
Céire Kealty
Harry Lafond gazes past the camera

An interview with Harry Lafond on how the church might be replanted in Cree culture and land.

by
Elaine Enns, Ched Myers

Voices

Voices
Grain of Salt
Illustration of a golden American eagle standing above a broken shepherd's crook

Chaplains aren’t free to oppose military doctrines or actions, even if they contradict the teachings of the church.

by Jim Rice
Voices
From The Editor
Illustration of Ayesha Barenblat surrounded by sewing tools and her quote "Without human rights and without gender justice, there really cannot be a sustainability movement."

The way the church has treated her says more about the church than it does about Mary.

by Jim Rice
Voices
Commentary
Illustration of a soccer player's foot resting on top of a globe-printed soccer ball

The first-of-its-kind collective bargaining agreement achieved by the USWNT highlights that when women win, we all win.

by
Kaeley McEvoy
Illustration of justice scales within different squares of a black-and-white checkerboard

Recognizing that there are more than two perspectives opens us up to common sacred ground.

by
Alexia Salvatierra
Illustration of fists of different skin colors raised between dollar bills

In America, we can no more give up the racism in our nation than we can give up the political economy that funds our lives.

by
Jonathan Tran
Voices
Columns
Illustration of a oil spraying from the top of a piggy bank

Otherwise you might as well be spending your savings to drill oil wells in your backyard.

by
Bill McKibben
Illustration of hands holding a nuclear radiation symbol as they would a paten

What does following Christ mean for any of us who have choices in a world where others do not?

by
Liuan Huska
Voices
Eyewitness

"The Tops Market shooting became the world's tragedy, but we needed to acknowledge that it was Buffalo's first." 

by
Rev. Julian Armand Cook
Voices
Contributing
Headshot of Jim Rice

"We have to hold onto the hope and believe that we – followers of Jesus – can make a difference in our world."

by Liz Bierly
Headshot of Céire Kealty

"My interdisciplinary studies had complexified my interest in clothing and revealed striking insights about consumption, community, and responsibility."

by Liz Bierly

Vision

Vision
Culture
A worker decorates a pink-and-white casket with a TikTok symbol

We are a country where slaughtered kids are sent to their graves in candy-colored caskets while politicians and weapons manufacturers rake in power and profit.

by
Julie Polter
James Baldwin holds a cigarette in one hand and gestures with the other while sitting in a booth

James Baldwin's “Blues for Mister Charlie” asks us: In a world of white violence and Black death, what do you see?

by
Adam Hollowell, Jamie McGhee
A white woman who has closed eyes bites into an apple

Right now, our lives seem to be all about sitting with painful, tangled questions. It makes sense that our art should be, too.

by
Abby Olcese
Vision
Books

In Reconsidering Reparations, Olúfémi Táíwò argues that history is "a way to map the currents that engulf us in the present."

by
Samuel Stephens

Three culture recommendations from our editors. 

by
The Editors

Timothy Beal's When Time Is Short: Finding Our Way in the Anthropocene is a "what if it's already too late?" book.

by
Ragan Sutterfield
Vision
Poetry

A poem.

by
James Dewey
Vision
Living The Word

August reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C

by
T. Denise Anderson
Vision
H'rumphs

Steer their karts into a banana peel, causing them to swirl off the edge of Rainbow Road.

by
Jenna Barnett